Indonesian Book Banning (1997)
Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion
Artist: Thirteen Indonesian activist writers and authors
Confronting Bodies: Indonesian Attorney General's office
Dates of Action: Throughout 1997
Description of Artwork: Work that criticizes the government of president Suharto.
The Incident: Thirteen books were banned in 1997 for criticizing the leadership of the Indonesian president Suharto.
Results of Incident: The persecution of Suharto's government is an ongoing phenomenon. The authors, Muchtar Pakpahan, and Wimandjaya are imprisoned for critical writings. A former Minister of Parliament, Sri-Bintang Pamungkas is charged under the anti-subversion law which could lead to his execution.
Source: Index on Censorship, 2/97